The Paragard® copper intrauterine device (IUD) has been connected to serious injuries and complications in patients implanted with the device. The IUD is implanted inside the uterus and designed to provide long-term birth control. However, the device can migrate and/or break inside patients, leading to health issues and complications with removal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of Paragard® breakage.
Patients are filing lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the IUD manufacturer failed to warn about the risks associated with Paragard® use. If you were implanted with the Paragard® IUD and suffered injuries from the device, contact us for a free case evaluation.
About Paragard® IUD
Paragard® IUD is composed of a polyethylene “T” wrapped in copper wire. Unlike other types of IUD, Paragard® is hormone-free. The Paragard® device uses copper to generate an inflammatory reaction in the uterus which creates an unfavorable environment for egg fertilization. The device is generally implanted by a doctor during an office visit.
Paragard® was approved by the FDA in 1984 for continuous use up to four years. In 1994, Paragard® was approved for use up to ten years.
Adverse Events Reported to the FDA
The FDA has received more than 1600 adverse event reports related to the Paragard® IUD since 2010. The reports include events such as the following:
- A Paragard® IUD broke apart inside a patient and the device was removed surgically.
- A Paragard® IUD was removed after being in place for 6.5 years and was found to be missing both arms. A sonogram revealed that the device’s arms were embedded in the patient’s uterine tissue.
- A hospital reported four incidents where Paragard® devices fractured upon removal in 2014. According to the report, three of the four involved devices well under their expected lifespan.
- A Paragard® device was noted to be missing the copper coil from the stem upon removal, according to a 2015 report.
Types of Injuries Related to Paragard® IUD
Based on FDA reports and lawsuit filings, the types of complications and injuries that may result from the Paragard® IUD include:
- IUD breakage upon removal
- IUD expulsion or falling out of the uterus
- IUD migration
- Ectopic pregnancy
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Infection and/or abscess
- Inflammation caused by copper left in the body
- Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix
- Scarring and damage to other organs
- Surgeries, including hysterectomy
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